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Clinical Effects for Teriflunomide

Clinical studies have shown that teriflunomide can reduce the number of relapses in people with relapsing types of MS. All of the people included in the studies had at least one relapse in the year prior to entering the study, or two relapses in the two years prior to entering the study.
 
In these studies, an average of 53.7 percent of people taking 7 mg of teriflunomide and 56.5 percent people taking 14 mg of teriflunomide remained relapse-free after 108 weeks of treatment. In comparison, 45.6 percent of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient) remained relapse-free. 
 

When and How to Take This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with teriflunomide include the following:
 
  • Teriflunomide comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
 
  • You can take teriflunomide with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
 
  • You can take this medicine any time of day. Try to take it at the same time each day, however, to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
 
  • Your healthcare provider will want to obtain certain blood tests before you start treatment, and periodically during treatment, to make sure teriflunomide is safe for you to take.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 

Dosing Information for Teriflunomide

The dose of teriflunomide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How you respond to and tolerate teriflunomide
  • The severity of your condition.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Teriflunomide Dosage for more information.)
 
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